Characters

Character Interview: Trax Shard

Trax Shard is a tracker from The Last Assassin. There’s not much more to say in the intro, so let’s just get into the interview.

Trax: *heads into the interview room and sits down, a cocky grin on his face* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello. How are you today?

Trax: Doing all right. How are you?

Interviewer: I’m fine. Shall we get started?

Trax: Go ahead.

Interviewer: What is your name?

Trax: Tersen Shard, but everyone calls me Trax.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Trax: Twenty-one.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Trax: No.

Interviewer: What’s your job?

Trax: I’m one of the most skilled trackers in Taur’Tahl. I was trained by Torin Outlander, our very finest.

Interviewer: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Trax: *grins* What do you think?

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Trax: Bear meat.

Interviewer: Favorite color?

Trax: Stone grey.

Interviewer: What is your favorite book?

Trax: I don’t read.

Interviewer: What is your favorite animal?

Trax: Bear.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Trax: Having contests.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Trax: Bravery.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Trax: Honesty.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Trax: A long knife.

Interviewer: *nods* That was the last question. Thank you for your time.

Trax: Certainly. *heads out*

Character Interview: Fiona Wildman

Fiona is the main character of my short story Silence, which will be published in the short story collection I’m publishing on January 15th, and then on its own later in the year. She’s a runaway from a tech company that wants to use her DNA to make a race of superhumans, which is why she’ll come across as borderline rude in this interview. She doesn’t trust easily. I hope you enjoy her interview. :)

Fiona: *heads into the interview room and sits down, looking rather tense* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello. How are you today?

Fiona: Fine.

Interviewer: Shall we get started?

Fiona: Please.

Interviewer: What is your name?

Fiona: Fiona Wildman

Interviewer: How old are you?

Fiona: Twenty.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Fiona: No.

Interviewer: Do you have a job?

Fiona: I worked at a junk shop, but that job is gone now.

Interviewer: What happened?

Fiona: Nothing important.

Interviewer: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Fiona: I’m naturally an extrovert, I think, but I act more introverted.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Fiona: Black licorice.

Interviewer: Favorite color?

Fiona: Grey.

Interviewer: Do you prefer movies or books?

Fiona: Books.

Interviewer: What is your favorite book?

Fiona: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Interviewer: What is your favorite animal?

Fiona: Dogs.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Fiona: Reading and sketching.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Fiona: Intelligence.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Fiona: Honesty.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Fiona: A well-stocked backpack.

Interviewer: What constitutes “well-stocked”?

Fiona: So long as it has anything I need to survive for a few days away from home, it’s well-stocked.

Interviewer: *nods* That was the last question. Thank you for your time.

Fiona: *nods and leaves*

Character Interview: Alleyn Everlind

Alleyn Everlind is king of Roenor and father of Detren Everlind. He’s Detren’s role model at the beginning of The Shadow Raven, and his son is a lot like him.

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Interviewer: Good morning, King Alleyn. How are you?

Alleyn: I’m well. *shakes the interviewer’s hand and sits down* How are you?

Interviewer: Doing fine. Shall we get started?

Alleyn: *nods*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Alleyn: Alleyn Detren Everlind.

Interviewer: Ah, so your son was named after you.

Alleyn: *nods* My wife loved the name and wanted to name him after me.

Interviewer: It’s an excellent name. How old are you?

Alleyn: I’m thirty-eight.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Alleyn: I have a sister, Damson.

Interviewer: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Alleyn: I’ve always considered myself an introvert, though most would assume I’m an extrovert. I’ve trained my self to be more extroverted so that I can more comfortably interact with the people, but I prefer the peace and quiet and smaller crowds.

Interviewer: That’s interesting. What’s your favorite food?

Alleyn: Steak.

Interviewer: And your favorite color?

Alleyn: Dark red.

Interviewer: Is there a job you’d rather have than the one you have now?

Alleyn: I don’t know. Being king is stressful, but I like having the opportunity to help each other like I do. I don’t know that there’s something I’d be excited enough to trade it for.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Alleyn: I don’t have much time for hobbies. When I do have time, I tend to play the piano.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Alleyn: Bravery. The others are important, but they’re slightly lower.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Alleyn: Selflessness. Honesty is a very, very close second.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Alleyn: This may sound trite, but a good attitude. I go out and interact with people. It’s hard to interact with people and leave a good impression as king with a bad attitude, and it makes both parties feel good when they’re able to be nice to each other.

Interviewer: *nods* Good advice. That was the last question. Thank you for your time.

Alleyn: You’re very welcome. *shakes the interviewer’s hand and leaves*

Character Interview: Prynn Nemea

Prynn is one of the semi-main characters of The Shadow Raven. She’s Detren‘s cousin, and she does her best to keep him steady as he becomes king.

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Interviewer: Good morning, Prynn. How are you?

Prynn: I’m doing well. *smiles* How are you?

Interviewer: I’m doing all right. Shall we begin?

Prynn: *nods*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Prynn: Prynn Cantara Nemea.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Prynn: I’m sixteen.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Prynn: No. But Detren is something like a brother.

Interviewer: What is your job?

Prynn: I don’t particularly have one. I’m the daughter of a lord and lady and the cousin of a king. There’s no special title for me, and I’m still in school. So I guess the most fitting thing to say would be that I’m a student.

Interviewer: Do you enjoy school?

Prynn: *shrugs* It’s neither enjoyable nor awful. I tend to prefer reading on my own to reading about how mountains are formed.

Interviewer: *laughs* Well, reading is always good. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Prynn: I’m an introvert, but I love people. I love talking to them, getting to know them, taking care of them when they need it, stuff like that.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Prynn: Hmm. I like a lot of things. Freshly baked bread is always good. I also like plums.

Interviewer: And your favorite color?

Prynn: Dark purple.

Interviewer: You mentioned you like to read; what is your favorite book?

Prynn: Moon of Gold. It’s a more fantastical story set in the same world as Detren’s favorite, Soldiers of the East.

Interviewer: I’ve heard that one mentioned a lot around here. What is it about?

Prynn: It’s set in a desert with a lot of competing countries and divisions with opposing views and values. Soldiers of the East focuses on the Eilram and the Pastyna Regiment, the former of which works for a war-focused country and the latter of which works to preserve peace and justice against the Eilram’s rampages. There are others, though, that focus on other aspects of the world. Moon of Gold takes place in the theocratic country that’s at odds with the war-centered country. It’s hard to describe in short terms, but they’re really interesting.

Interviewer: They sound fascinating. They seem popular, too.

Prynn: They are fairly popular. I think it’s because the world is deep and you always feel like there’s always more to know.

Interviewer: Those are always the best worlds. I guess we should probably move on. Do you have any ideas of what job you might want to have after school?

Prynn: I’m considering becoming a healer, possibly specializing in childbirth.

Interviewer: You seem to really care about people, so I think you’d be good in that role.

Prynn: *smiles* Thank you.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Prynn: Reading and piano, mostly. I also paint, on occasion, but those two are my main hobbies.

Interviewer: What traits do you look for in a potential husband?

Prynn: At the moment I don’t, but if I were looking… Someone kind and generous, a believer in Abba, and someone willing to stand up for what he believes in.

Interviewer: All good qualities. Which of these is most important to you, in general: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Prynn: Bravery. All of them are excellent traits, but bravery is probably the most important.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Prynn: That one’s a tougher choice. Probably honesty, but selflessness is a very close second.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Prynn: Some sort of hairpiece. If I’m going out I don’t want my hair constantly in my face.

Interviewer: Thank you for your time. That was the last question. I enjoyed talking with you.

Prynn: You too. *smiles* Thank you for the interview. *heads out of the room*

Character Interview: Tren Devlen

Tren is a secondary character in The Last Assassin, and the prince of Kaloris. He and Catessa become friends fairly early on in the book, and he introduces her to what turns out to be her favorite book. I hope you enjoy his interview.

 

Tren: *takes a seat across from the interviewer, looking rather tired* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello. How are you today?

Tren: I’m fine.

Interviewer: Well, let’s get started with this interview, shall we?

Tren: *nods*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Tren: Tren Devlen.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Tren: Nineteen.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Tren: A sister, Valea.

Interviewer: What is your job?

Tren: I’m the prince of Kaloris.

Interviewer: Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Tren: An introvert.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Tren: I like apple pastries.

Interviewer: What is your favorite color and why?

Tren: Purple. It’s the color of the Kaloris national flag and my family crest.

Interviewer: What is your favorite book?

Tren: Paladins and Sages.

Interviewer: What is your favorite animal and why?

Tren: I like horses. They’re powerful, useful, beautiful.

Interviewer: Is there a job you’d rather have than the one you have now?

Tren: I might like to be a historian.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Tren: Reading.

Interviewer: What traits do you look for in a potential wife?

Tren: Someone strong, loyal, patient, and a reader.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Tren: Intelligence. The other two are useless if you don’t have intelligence to guide their use.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Tren: Honesty.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Tren: A book.

Interviewer: That’s the last question. Thank you very much for your time.

Tren: *nods and leaves*

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